Why is Cockroach Prevention Important?
Cockroaches thrive in humid, unsanitary conditions and they breed quickly. One female cockroach can lay up to 90 of these resilient pests at a time. To make matters worse, they can survive up to three months without eating anything and are capable of spreading diseases that can make your family very ill. Some of the diseases that a cockroach can spread to humans include salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus and even polio.
What Does a Cockroach Infestation Look Like?
Since cockroaches are nocturnal and easily flatten themselves into different hiding places, spotting them may be difficult. Some ways you can look for an infestation if you haven’t actually seen a cockroach are:
- Look for cockroach feces – these may look similar to coffee grounds or even small cylinder droppings.
- Seeing dead cockroaches – this is a more obvious sign, but can tell you if you have a major infestation in your home.
- Look out for egg cases – these are common behind furniture or other hidden, dark places.
Common hiding places for cockroaches include:
- Cracks in walls
- Confined spaces such as behind the refrigerator, in a pantry or underneath a stack of magazines, newspapers or cardboard boxes
- Any furniture items that are generally left undisturbed
- Kitchen cupboards
- Below sinks
- Around water heaters
- In drains and grease traps
If you suspect your home or business may have fallen victim to a cockroach infestation, Family Pest Solutions will perform a detailed inspection and report, following up with recommendations on how we should proceed to eliminate and remove cockroaches from your residence or building.
Contact us today to schedule a free inspection. We offer residential pest control and commercial pest control for Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Clifton Park and the greater Capital District.